Freedom Of Speech Is Not Blasphemy Update #2

You’ve got to love Richard Dawkins

The splendid Richard Dawkins appeared on Bill Maher’s show on Friday (11/08/2017) and took aim at the intellectual pygmies who disinvited him from making a speech because he had made “hurtful” comments about Islam. In the interview, Dawkins stated…

“I think that this radio station and these universities, they are on our side. We’re on their side. Now, I was de-platformed specifically because of what I was alleged to have said about Islam. I think that the reason they did it was probably a laudable motive, they are on the side of oppressed minorities. They think that Muslims are an oppressed minority, oppressed by people like us. Actually, of course, Muslims are oppressed by Islam.”

He later argued that Muslims who don’t oppress women or gay people are being persecuted by those who do and “That’s where the persecution comes from.” Continue reading “Freedom Of Speech Is Not Blasphemy Update #2”

Freedom Of Speech Is Not Blasphemy Update

Ideas that cannot stand scrutiny are bad ideas

Richard Dawkins doesn’t need me to protect him, as I tried to do in this post. He has many supporters and is more than capable of protecting himself. Here is a link to his own website where he responds to the libelous criticisms that have been leveled at him by the radio station KPFA.  The key point Dawkins raises in his open letter to KPFA…

“I am known as a frequent critic of Christianity and have never been de-platformed for that. Why do you give Islam a free pass? Why is it fine to criticise Christianity but not Islam?”

cuts to the heart of the mad alliance between people who loudly proclaim their liberalism, progressivism and left-wing credentials with the far right fascists, misogynists, homophobes and anti-Semites of the Islamist movement. Continue reading “Freedom Of Speech Is Not Blasphemy Update”

Freedom Of Speech Is Not Blasphemy

Ideas that cannot stand scrutiny are bad ideas

I believe in human rights. I believe in equality. I believe that mistreating people because of their sex, race or sexuality is not only wrong and despicable but is also illogical – the whole point is that people do not have control over their gender, the colour of their skin or to whom they feel sexual attraction. The mad Christian groups who claim to be able to “cure” homosexuality are simply deluded if science and Lady Gaga are correct and we are all “Born This Way.” And aren’t those fundamentalists going against their omnipotent god by challenging what he/she/it has made? Having said all this, I would also like to state that I am against identity politics because it is against human rights as it treats people as members of a group rather than as individuals. Continue reading “Freedom Of Speech Is Not Blasphemy”

The BBC and Islam(ism)

How extreme must someone be for the BBC to attack its favourite victim group?

I dislike the BBC, as I have shown here, here and here. I dislike their arrogance, I dislike their cheerleading for the Establishment, I dislike their protection of predatory paedophiles and refusal to apologise for protecting said paedophiles for decades and I dislike the poll tax that funds this incompetent and corrupt bureaucracy. But most of all I dislike the way they have pushed identity politics for the past three decades and their ongoing refusal to hold insanely right-wing Islamists to the same standards as everyone else when they spout vile misogyny, homophobia and anti-Semitism. You can imagine my astonishment to read an article on the BBC’s website entitled “Copenhagen imam accused of calling for killing of Jews.” Continue reading “The BBC and Islam(ism)”

The Abrahamic Religions Part Three

Islam, the motherlode of bad ideas

This is my third post on the Abrahamic religions – three religions that are actually one, just like the Trinity. My previous posts were on Judaism, a Bronze Age nightmare and Christianity, Santa Claus for grown ups. Now I’d like to discuss the youngest and, at the time of writing, the most controversial of the three. Indeed, so controversial has Islam become in recent years that negative comments about this bizarre and intolerant belief system are considered racist. There’s even a special word that’s been invented to demonise those who would dare to subject Islam to the same level of criticism as Judaism and Christianity – “Islamophobia.” This is “a word created by fascists, used by cowards, to manipulate morons.” (A quote often attributed to the late, great Christopher Hitchens but which was actually coined by Andrew Cummins). Continue reading “The Abrahamic Religions Part Three”

Feminists for Islam Update #3

Mayim Bialik responds to Linda Sarsour

The phrase “Muslim feminist” has always amused me. The Koran is pretty clear on the subordinate place of women and it explicitly states that women only count as half a man in terms of testimony and inheritance. But, as I have repeatedly stated on this blog and elsewhere,  I have no right to stop any woman calling herself a feminist whilst she kowtows to the demands of misogynist clerics. It is not my business. Continue reading “Feminists for Islam Update #3”

Equal Rights For All, Special Privileges For None

European Court ruling on the hijab

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that a ban on the hijab in the workplace “can be legal” if it is done in the context of rules against religious or political clothing of all types. Some readers may think that I would support this ruling as I have railed against aggressive, authoritarian religion (and its deeply unpleasant political handmaiden, Islamism) on more than one occasion. Indeed, one of my main reasons for starting this blog was my disquiet about how conservative religionists are hijacking debate. But if I was to support this ruling, I would be no better than those pseudo-feminists who have jumped into bed with violent misogynists to oppose Donald Trump’s sexism. Continue reading “Equal Rights For All, Special Privileges For None”